I am 33 years old, I need shingles vaccine, but am I too young to have it?

I am a 33 year old female. I have been getting shingle outbreaks since I was 6 years old. I would get it once a year around the same time until high school. I then started getting it about twice a year. As I got older the outbreaks became more frequent, 3-4 times a year and even 2 outbreaks at one time. I get it on the back of my neck everytime either on the left side, which is usually the side it breaks out in, but I do get it on the right side also. There was 2 times in which the outbreaks came out on both sides of my neck. When I get it on the left side it is always right on the side of the bottom bone of neck where neck ends and back spine begins. When I get it on the right side, it runs down on the outer side of the back of my neck. This year I have had 4 outbreaks, Feb., April, July and right now. I have had discussions with my doctor about the shingle vaccine since it came out and he has always been against it because of my age and the vaccine has only been tested in older people. With the outbreaks becoming more frequent over the past few years, we discussed it again with my current outbreak and he would like to try it. I am all for it if it will help but have concerns because of my age. With my history of shingle outbreaks being so long and extensive, do you believe it will help prevent my outbreaks completely or atleast minimize my outbreaks? What concerns/issues do you have with getting the vaccination at my age and history? If I would want to have another baby a couple years from now, could the vaccination affect the pregnancy/child?


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Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

Vaccinations of shingles will protect you for 5 years only , that is why age 60 is recommended as it is the age expected to have the strongest flares
Pregnancy should not happen for 4 weeks post vaccination

Good Luck

Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

For me I would not advise doing it in your age as it lasts for a few years and then the outbreaks are back more severe so it is done in old age…
Try to Apply cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores so that they heal more quickly. Soak crusted sores with tap water or Burow’s solution to help clean away crusts, decrease oozing, and dry and soothe the skin. Ask your doctor about using topical creams to help relieve the inflammation caused by shingles.
Pregnancy is not recommended in the couple of years after vaccine

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
its not recommended to take shingles vaccine at your age as the protection offered will be temporary.
it is recommended at age above 55 years.
pregnancy should be avoided atleast 6 months after vaccination.
Application of local creams over the sores will help.
do not apply warm water to the lesions.
thanks

shw12
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shw12

HI
YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN A HURRY TO TAKE SHINGLES VACCINE.
PREGNANCY SHOULD BE AVOIDED FOR A FEW MONTHS.
THIS VACCINE IS USUALLY PREFERRED AT A OLDER AGE AND IT OFFERS PROTECTION FOR HARDLY 4-5 YEARS.
CONSULT A DERMATOLOGIST AND START ON LOCAL SOOTHING CREAM

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
do not take shingles vaccine so early in your life.
it may have adverse health effects later on.
take antibiotics,topical creams .
consult a physician.
avoid getting pregnant or a minimum period of 8-10 months.
take care.

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